While neon colors might be taking over part of the fashion world, florals & frilly lace still dominate the chic & feminine world. Grab your cup of tea and check out the vintage alternative below. Also find matching vintage and handmade accessories from other sellers!

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ERDEM
Veronica floral-print stretch-jersey dress
$795

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1980s vintage floral dress

ALL THAT JAZZ
V-neck floral rayon dress with pleated skirt
$32

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crochet burgundy purse
Burgundy Triangle Purse
By Aimarro at Etsy.com
$85

pearl and black bead necklace
Sterling, Pink Pearl & Onyx Necklace
By zsjewelry at Etsy.com
$32

1980s olive riding boots
'80s Olive Leather Riding Boots
By bOmode at Etsy.com
$89

 
Winter in Minnesota tends to begin in November (although snow has fallen much earlier!). Temperatures begin to dip into the 40s and upper 30s. The skies turn a light gray and the sun begins to go down closer to 4:30pm versus 9:30pm during the summer. My car lacks traction control, so digging at my tires with a neon kid's shovel is a regular occurrence. Plus, the blower motor I thought I fixed in my car is now no longer working-- no heat in an ice box of a wilderness...oh joy.

Okay, so winter is kind of depressing for me. I don't mind the snow--I just wish it wasn't so long & cold!

But one thing I do love about winter are the warm fabulous coats! I love a cozy well-broke-in wool coat and especially those with a princess cut (longer and flared out slightly at the bottom). Like the snow gray color of the Lanvin taffeta trench to the left? Try the even deliciously warmer vintage 60s wool coat by Pebble Beach to the right. You'll save over $3500. Plus it's good for the enviroment--- reuse & reveit

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LANVIN
Embellished taffeta trench coat
$3,855

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PEBBLE BEACH
Vintage 1960s Snow Gray Wool Coat
$52

 
Going over a list of style trends for Fall 2012, I definitely noticed a trend that stood out-- hot neon colors! Lemon yellows, lime greens and tangerine all top the list, but hot pink is the go-to color for Fall! The two dresses featured below were chosen as pieces that would work well in the workplace but transfer to happy hour or a dinner date later. And with a vintage 1960s hot pink dress, you really can't go wrong...

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CATHERINE MALANDRINO
Pleated pink stretch-jersey dress.
Long sleeves.
$295


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VINTAGE 1960S HOT PINK WRAP DRESS
Hand-constructed hot pink dress with long sleeves and A-line skirt.
$26

 
This week's "Get the Look" feature focuses on the classic ballet flat. This flat features a two-tone look with polished low-profile heel and black cap-toe. For a touch of European chic, this flat is for you. Comfortable yet stylish for everyday wear or a cocktail party: the ever versatile cap toe ballet flat.

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CHANEL
Cream & Black Cap-toe Leather Ballet Flats
$495

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LIFE STRIDE
1980s Beige & Black Cap-toe Vegan-friendly Flats size 6
$24

 
Today's "Get the Look" feature is focused on the understated secretary look. Sensual yet modest. Comfortable yet chic. These two styles shown below reflect the hip-hugging fashion of the 60s--(When bullet bras worked wonders and women weren't afraid of showing off their curves). Both reach just below the knee, feature short sleeves and a nipped in waist. The dress you wear to work, cocktail party or heavy date.

She types in charcoal gray and looks fabulous doing so.
roland mouret wool gray dress
ROLAND MOURET
Eliza pleated wool dress
$2000

1960s charcoal gray dress
VINTAGE FOURELL
Gray cotton 1960s boucle dress
$68

 
Today's "Get the Look" post is focused on the little black dress. This particular style of little black dress has the elements of a classic silhouette, late 50's to early 60's elegance, short sleeves for summer and the belted natural waistline. A flattering look on just about any figure. Perfect for the career-oriented, romance-seeking and independent woman.

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RED VALENTINO
$795
Flared cotton and wool-blend twill dress.

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1960s PLEATED BLACK CREPE DRESS
$28
Polyester blend dress with pleated skirt and button-up front.

 
It is already the second edition of "Get the Look" where I feature a fabulous (and expensive) designer gown and give you lovely readers a vintage alternative for sale in my shop! Wearing vintage does not have to break the bank...

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JONATHAN SAUNDERS
Geometric print silk-gazar dress in blue and gray.
$2,500

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1950s geometric dress size small
1950s PICASSO DRESS SIZE SMALL
Geometric print cotton dress with belt in gray and olive.
$98

 
If you are like me, then you like fashion. I am, by no means, a fashion guru. But I could spend hours pouring over Vogue magazines, cutting out pictures of shoes and dresses I like, and finding inspiration from designers all over the world.

The only thing that is hard, is the fact that I'm not a rich woman who could easily afford that $4000 gucci dress. I assume most of you lovelies have run into this same problem-- inspiring, to-die-for fashion but no mula. Hey, a girls got to pay rent, right? I have decided to start a weekly post each Monday called "Get the Look" taking designer fashions and giving you an affordable and attractive vintage alternative. 

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OSCAR DE LA RENTA
Brocade cotton and silk-blend dress
$1690

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BRENTSHIRE
Vintage yellow silk 60s gown size M
$58

 
Oh the timeless look of a black heel. But not just any heel, an embellished heel! Toe embellishments were all the rage in the first half of the 20th century...and they're back. Alexander McQueen's latest design of the skull embellished super high heel is gorgeous--a thousand dollars of gorgeous. But as an alternative to this rock and romance look, we have a mid-size high heel in black velvety polka dots by designer Andrew Geller. These babies are embellished with folded and tacked big black bows. And at only $68, you really can't get a better vintage black embellished heel.

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ALEXANDER MCQUEEN
$1085
Skull-embellished suede pumps

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ANDREW GELLER
$68
Bow-embellished mint 1960s heels size 5 narrow


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